One of the seven last words spoken by Christ on the Cross was “It is finished,” and yes it was. Through Christ’s death on the Cross, he finished what he came down to earth to do, to ransom us sinners and to give us life through His death. However, Jesus also says “…Today, you will be with me in paradise.” So, while his earthly life may have been finished, his eternal life was not.
This is the same for us and what Jesus wants of us. God gives all of us a reason to be here on earth, and while temporary, we must remember that life does not “finish,” rather, we go beyond the scandal on the Cross of Christ and our own crosses to return once more to our maker in the paradise He has promised us.
…And now, we keep vigil at the tomb of the Christ buried and await our new life. Another chance of it here on earth, to get a foretaste of what is to come.
Found this video that sums up the why and what Catholics celebrate this week. Wising you a Happy, Holy, Blessed, and Fruitful Holy Week. God Bless!